LIVE AT 10:00, DEAD AT 10:15 by Elsa Klensch

LIVE AT 10:00, DEAD AT 10:15

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fashionista Klensch, producer and host of CNN’s Style With Elsa Klensch, makes her first foray into fiction with a tale of deadly intrigue at one of America’s top design houses.

Isaac Franklin took his father’s grimy Lower East Side sweatshop and turned it into one of New York’s leading couturiers. No wonder he resents his wife Harriet’s attempts to take over. Harriet badgers him to fire Leonard Novelli, Franklin’s top designer, and hire funky young Parisian Jason Sarnoff in his place. But he draws the line at Harriet’s insistence that the new Franklin fragrance, custom-made by perfumer Jefferson Tyler, be named after her. Before their quarrel can heat up, someone cools Harriet off for good, knifing her with a letter opener at the International Designers Association awards banquet. When Sonya Iverson, producer of the Donna Fuller Show, discovers the corpse, she gets a rare opportunity to cover the breaking news. Her best friend, Franklin publicist Mari St. Clair, arranges for Sonya and her cameraman, Perry Dalton, to interview the grieving widower, Leonard Novelli, and even model Kim Kelly, fresh from rehab, who sat at the Franklin table that night. But as executive producer Matt Richards presses her for more, Sonya puts herself at risk when a killer finds her inquiries too up close and personal.

Fast-paced and funny—a debut with style.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-765-30764-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Forge
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004




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